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I just had to stop

It was a rather nice day, a bit too cool for walking with a biting wind out of the north, but in the car with the sun shining it was very pleasant. Southern Ontario residents suffer through winter, not due to terrible winter conditions – for the most part we are better off than most Canadians – but rather we get months of dull, grey, overcast sky. So when the sun comes out and we get a big blue sky, it is an occasion to be outside – at least for a drive on a day like this.20170319_165541

We had decided to take a drive east of the city where there are some lovely little hamlets with a quaint feeling of days gone by. In fact, sometimes you see evidence of practices of the past. Like this cemetery on the edge of Newtonville. I went up this road because there was a small city-like subdivision just off the main highway (if a two-lane road can be called a highway). Here’s the water supply for flowers being left at a grave marker – or getting a drink I suppose, though not in winter.

The image of the water well pump takes me back to my grandmother’s cottage on Green Bay – part of Lake Cecebe. And while I haven’t been to that cottage in decades, and the use of the water pump goes back to my childhood, I never see one of these that I don’t think about running out the sided door of the cottage to get a bucket of water for my Nanny. Hard to believe in a world of iPhones, satellites, 3-D imaging and the video chats that this technology was popular not so long ago.

As we drove by I spied this in the cemetery and backed up the car so I could grab a photo.


Saturday drive is for the turkeys

What a surprise to drive along the coutry road and see so many wild turkeys…not butterball….out in the snow pecking for food!  Further down the road we came across about 20 ot 30 of them together and as I approached with my camera they took off!  I was having some trouble seeing them on the screen of the camera so it’s not the best video I’ve ever posted but it let’s you see them flying up into the trees!

A return visit to Selkirk

Camp Selkirk still in operation
I placed this sign on the incoming road in 1992
Mail still arrives for campers

After many years – perhaps as many as 18 – we returned to Camp Selkirk to see the property and relive a few of good memories.  The camp was bought by a small group who continue to operate it as a place of ministry. We found the buildings and grounds almost as it had been.

The couple who were on the grounds were very kind and walked about with us as we looked around.  We did go through the kitchen and dining room and drove out the back to the area where the ropes course still exists though the area is now overgrown and no one has used or maintained the equipment.

Even some of the signage I put up was still about – especially the Acton Way sign that I put in place in 1992.  Acton was the divisional commander who bought the property from the Hoover family in 1948.

Hoover house sits unused and we discovered that some renovations were “attempted” on it…so I wonder how the interior looks.  We didn’t get to see that.

Jason, Susan and Rachel were with us on our visit.  Jason was only 6 when we were there.

We spent 5 very happy years there and did a great deal of property development.

The Gazebo

Hoover house…and Jason who was 6 when we arrived

The ol’ DC’s cabin

The bridge

a beautiful garden in front of the Rec Hall

The garden and the cabins

the playground

George’s shed!

The old sign

Jason found this large feather

In the wooded section at back